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Monday, August 31, 2009

User Generated Hyper Local News Ala Fwix

One year old startup Fwix is releasing an iPhone app later this week to assist would be reporters in capturing the news. “We believe we are the real-time local newswire,” said Darian Shirazi, Fwix’s 22-year-old founder. With local news no longer covering local stories like they once did, Fwix hopes to fill the void with user generated content about car accidents, fires, and grand openings provided by an army of unpaid locals armed with iPhones. According to the New York Times "Mr. Shirazi said Fwix would offer more relevant updates. Its software ranks items based on whether other users submit articles that mention similar events and locations and if the person was at the scene, information it gleans from the iPhone’s GPS location data."